As hotels across the country reveal their reopening plans, Brits are booking staycations in their droves with UK destinations reporting a dramatic rise in interest over the last week.
According to new data from lastminute.com, there has been a 45% increase in bookings week on week in the UK, with travellers keen to get away mid-to-late summer and into the autumn once lockdown restrictions lift in July.
In particular, trips booked for visits to London were up 140% compared to last week, with bookings for Manchester up (300%), Blackpool (200%) and Bristol (200%).
In a survey commissioned by lastminute.com, it was also found that 33% of Brits intend to stay in the UK this summer.
Domestic tourism is predicted to be the real winner too, with a new HVS report highlighting that places with high domestic demand will be in a stronger position to recover once lockdown measures are lifted, particularly as international travel is curtailed.
This backs up reports from last week that 80% of consumers were said to be ‘pretty comfortable’ to stay in a pub, post Covid-19.